Before we get to the recipe for this spiced hot chocolate I think I need to let you into a wee secret. I’ve never been a big fan of hot chocolate, yep, really! When I was little I used to love a hot chocolate only for the tiny marshmallows on top that melted slightly and once I’d eaten them I hardly bothered with the actual hot chocolate!
However, the recipe below is a game changer for me. It’s rich, warming because of the spices and not overly sweet like a lot of commercial hot chocolates you can get. I love dark chocolate so I like my hot chocolate to be quite bitter too, if this is not your taste, reduce the amount of cacao from the recipe below but keep the spices the same as they really are lovely and complement the cacao so well.
I feel as if this hot chocolate should be enjoyed in front of a log fire whilst the snow falls outside, but, if you don’t have a log fire (like me) and the snow isn’t falling (like it isn’t today as I write this), the hot chocolate will still taste just as delicious.
Cacao contains a number of feel-good chemicals such as anandamide which can result in a feeling similar to when we get excited or are in love.
-1 cup non-dairy milk (I use coconut milk from a carton)
-1 Tbsp. cacao powder
-1 tsp. ground cinnamon
-3/4 tsp. ground ginger
-1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
-1 or 2 tsp. maple syrup
How To Make
Place all ingredients (add just 1 teaspoon maple syrup at first, you can add more later if needed) in a small saucepan over a low to medium heat.
Heat the mixture gently, whisking as it warms up.
Just before serving, taste and add more maple syrup if it isn’t sweet enough for you.